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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

Southbound Interstate 275 is closed to all traffic from the Hillsborough River to west of West Shore Boulevard in order to realign traffic to new lanes, the state Department of Transportation said. No...

 

BARTOW -- A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified ...

 

PORT CHARLOTTE -- There was Grant Balfour in front of his locker on an easy Sunday morning with slide pads on both feet, swinging his right leg outward at a 90-degree angle, then his left leg, then hi...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Simona de Silvestro is more than ready for her comeback. The 26-year-old Swiss driver left IndyCar after four seasons, on the heels of her best season in 2013. She had just finished ...

 

TAMPA -- Robby Steinhardt says he is lucky to be alive. Steinhardt checked himself into Tampa General Hospital in August 2013 with chronic fatigue. A doctor told him he was 24 hours away from a fatal ...

 

Goliath is back. A huge gator that became an Internet sensation when the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, near Sarasota, posted a photo of him on its Facebook page is back in new photos, this time...

 

Friday's grand opening of Tampa's Riverwalk marked the culmination of 40 years of planning and development to open up the Hillsborough River as a downtown destination.

 

NEW ORLEANS -- Attorneys say a Chinese drywall manufacturer - Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. - has paid a $3.2 million judgment to the owners of seven homes damaged by the product. A news release from attorn...

 

PORTLAND, Ore. - The mystery of Portland's pink chickens is solved. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds' owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two...

 

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - The capsule carrying a Russian and an American who are to spend a year away from Earth docked Saturday with the International Space Station. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly ar...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

Prosecutors have called for a recently elected Broward circuit judge to remove himself from nearly 1,000 criminal cases because he showed favoritism to a defense lawyer.

 

Whether or not Florida Gov. Rick Scott banned the phrase "climate change," there's no question the state has not made the issue a priority.

 

Like ragged refugees seeking a promised land, a mass exodus of Hollywood's homeless hit the road for an undisclosed northerly destination shortly after noon Friday.

 

Local citizens who believe they've been victims of racially-biased police now have a path to pursue justice: an NAACP-run call center that will log public complaints.

 

High school athletes could act almost as free agents if a bill that reforms the Florida High School Athletic Association passes through the Legislature.

 

A road patrol officer with nearly two decades on the job was relieved from duty with pay after an internal affairs investigation began in January.

 

A Sunrise man with a suspended Florida driver's license is accused of trying to strike a Broward Sheriff's detective with a stolen car and ramming an unmarked patrol SUV twice.

 

Florida Atlantic University may have another professor with controversial ideas, a philosophy professor Carol Gould is speaking out against women serving in ground combat.

 

You walk the walk, but deputies will no longer just talk.

 

Three 13-year-old Pines Middle School students who posted nude photos of other kids on Instagram will participate in therapy and community service rather than face criminal charges, prosecutors said W...

 
 

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